Fruits of Volunteering

Lieud Bonsai Blog

It’s become pretty apparent that when I look at my own collection now, I see some pretty flagrant flaws. The usual fare: bad branch layout, bad maintenance, leaving wires on for too long, and overall not really styling with the tree. I thought I had a pretty good track record of keeping my trees in good health and having good design practices. Apparently, not so much now that I know what goes into maintaining trees at a certain level; and in this case, museum grade level.

For example here is a Japanese white pine, “Pinus parviflora” ‘Aoi’ (Japanese for blue), I initially went on a bonsai nursery crawl and purchased this tree meant to go into someone’s yard as a decently sized tree. It was bought late in the year and I couldn’t do much with it other than trunk chop it, and so I did.

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